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Pew Survey: 51% Get News From ‘People They Follow’

Pew Internet Survey: Understanding the Participatory News Consumer

The Pew Internet and American Life Project and the Project for Excellence in Journalism today released a new report on digital media and news gathering trends, titled “Understanding the Participatory News Consumer.”

We’ve embedded the entire report above, as it is worth a read. Here are some highlights:

33% of cell phone owners now access news on their cell phones.

28% of internet users have customized their home page to include news from sources and on topics that particularly interest them.

37% of internet users have contributed to the creation of news, commented about it, or disseminated it via postings on social media sites like Facebook or Twitter.

51% of social networking site (e.g. Facebook) users who are also online news consumers say that on a typical day they get news items from people they follow.

Another 23% of this cohort follow news organizations or individual journalists on social networking sites.

Over half (55%) say it is easier to keep up with news and information today than it was five years ago, but 70% feel the amount of news and information available from different sources is overwhelming.

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